ORDERING DETAILS: You now have two options for ordering Cornish Cross chicks. FWBRs are not able to be picked up as they are sent from our hatching partner. If you are looking for a reduced minimum or pickup orders, please order the WBRs. Meyer Hatchery is able to ship the FWBR to the continental United States and Alaska only and ship weekly Monday thru Wednesday. Sunday ship dates actually ship on Monday.
If you are looking for a fast-growing meat bird, our Jumbo White Cornish Cross Broilers should be your first choice. Also known as Cornish X, Cornish Cross, Cornish Rock Cross, Jumbo Broilers, Cornish Game Hens, or White Broilers, these meat chickens will be ready for processing in just 7 to 8 short weeks. You can also process any gender at 2 lbs or 4 weeks for a tasty Cornish Game Hen. Meyer Hatchery’s first-generation stock have been selected for fast feathering, steady growth, optimal feed conversion ratios, and broad breasts. Meyer Hatchery's Cornish Cross are typically of the Ross 308 and Cobb 500 strain. Both strains have yellow legs, skin, and feathers (the Cobb may have black flecks). Other strains may be substituted or added to meet consumer demand as needed. Read more information about our Cornish Cross strains.
Cornish Cross are a special hybrid that we have fine-tuned over many generations specifically for fast growth rates for meat production. Because they are a hybrid, you cannot cross a male and female Cornish Cross and hatch out more Cornish Cross. Additionally, for their own health and well-being, Cornish Cross should not be kept beyond their processing age of 6-9 weeks.
Feed Recommendations: Meyer Hatchery recommends feeding your baby chicks 12 hours ON and 12 hours OFF starting at 1 week of age. This helps minimize the risk of heart and leg issues that can come with too rapid of growth. Feed 20% protein medicated chick starter for the first 3 weeks, then finish with an unmedicated 18% grower/broiler feed. Meyer recommends processing these birds at 7 to 9 weeks of age. It is very important to remember chicks vaccinated for Coccidiosis should not be fed medicated chick starter or given any coccidiostat (Amprolium). This will negate the vaccine.
Estimated Growth Rate and Feed Consumption of Jumbo White Cornish Cross Boilers
|Age in Weeks
||Average Processed Weight, lbs
||Feed Consumption per week, lbs
||Cumulative Feed Consumption, lbs
These weights are estimates. Final results can vary depending on feed type and quality, health, free-range methods and other factors.